Time again for my weekly wrap-up! It was quite a weekend.
Friday night I made two soaps: Spearmint Patchouli and Carrot Ginger Orange.
Saturday I made 4 lotions – Dry feeling lotion, luxury facial cream, luxury facial lotion, luxury conditioner.
Today I made one more soap (Dragons’ Fire) and got my pictures taken and measured the pH of my lotions.
I’d say I had a great time! I love my weekends! And next week is a long weekend because I am taking July 3rd off work (the day before the US Independence day Holiday). So I will have a 4 day weekend! Can’t wait! Continue reading “What a weekend it was!”
I have never made a palm-free soap before. I generally use the “responsible” palm oil that Brambleberry sells for all my soaps. I have wanted to try out making palm-free for a while, but never got a chance. Well, today I did, and I am sharing the recipe!
Continue reading “Dragon’s Fire – A Palm Free Soap Recipe”
After making soap last night, I feel like I got that out of my system for a little while. So today, I chose to use my Saturday to make a few more lotions.
Today I made my husband a “dry feeling” lotion, I also made a luxury facial cream and a luxury hair conditioner.
What makes something a luxury? I don’t think there is a definition for this, but I use it whenever I use luxury oils, butters, or additives. For example, if something contained just sweet almond oil, olive oil, and cocoa butter, I would not call that luxury. But if something contains oils like rosehip seed, evening primrose, olive squalane, or camellia seed oils, or expensive butters like murumuru, cupuacu, or tucuma, then I would call those luxury. Those are more expensive and exotic oils and tend to have different or “special” properties that can be used to tailor products to different skin types or skin issues (such as wrinkles, pigmentation and so forth).
Continue reading “3 New Lotions Today”
Friday night my husband was away, so I took the opportunity to play!
I made 2 new batches of soap – Orange Ginger and Spearmint Patchouli. They will not be ready to unmold for a few days, So I will have to come back later and post pictures if they turn out. Continue reading “Getting back into the swing – with soaps”
Finally! My Extech pH110 pH meter has arrived! I ordered it last week from Lotioncrafter, but they are out in Washington (USA) and I am way over in Michigan (USA) so it took a while.
Of course, with a new toy, I had to play!
Continue reading “I have a new toy! My new Extech pH110 pH meter.”
Just thinking out loud on a Monday night… you know — about fatty acid profiles of oils and butters.
Those of you who make cold process soaps are probably somewhat familiar with this concept, although it can be applied to lotion making and bath and body products as well.
Fatty acids are essential fats contained in our carrier oils and cosmetic butters. They are called “essential” fats because our body needs them. You may have heard of “Omega-3” and “Omega-6” – these are two types of fatty acids. (You may have also heard of the Omega-13 if you have seen the movie “Galaxy Quest”, but that is off topic). Continue reading “Thinking Geeky Thoughts”
Wow, I don’t know how time flies so fast! I blinked my eyes and just like magic, it is Sunday night already!
Yesterday it was cloudy and rainy, so I spent most of the day taking pictures of the lotions I had made last weekend. I only had time left to make one lotion last night.
Then today, I made 3 more lotions and managed to get some “draft” photos of them. It was sunny again, so that always makes my camera non-compliant. Continue reading “Four Successful Lovely Lotions and Conditioners”